Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk snubs Man United superstar in the debate for the best forward he has faced

Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk chooses Lionel Messi over Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo in debate

Speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Metro), Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk has chosen Lionel Messi over Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the debate for the hardest forward the Dutchman has faced.

The former Real Madrid ace has been considered the arch-rival of Barcelona legend Lionel Messi, who made the move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer. The two have shared the accolade of being the best footballer in the world for the better part of 15 years, and their rivalry in La Liga in the last decade was second to none.

Both have a lot of skill to their game, however, Virgil van Dijk believes that Lionel Messi is the toughest forward he has faced. The Argentine gave horrid memories to the Liverpool centre-back back in 2019 during Barcelona’s 3-0 victory at the Nou Camp.

Van Dijk has chosen Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo as the toughest forward he has faced.
Van Dijk has chosen Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo as the toughest forward he has faced.. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Van Dijk told Sky Sports (h/t The Metro):

‘I would say, Lionel Messi, he’s still the best football player in the world. Him and Cristiano [Ronaldo] have been doing unreal numbers in the last decades, and it’s incredible what they have achieved. But in this case, I will choose Messi, we had a tough night at Barcelona [in 2019].’

Virgil van Dijk will meet Ronaldo on the 24th of October when Liverpool take on Manchester United.
Virgil van Dijk will meet Ronaldo on the 24th of October when Liverpool take on Manchester United. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Ronaldo met the defender in the 2018 Champions League final when Real Madrid lifted their 13th Champions League title but the Portuguese failed to get on to the score-sheet. However, the pair will now meet each other on the 24th of October when the Reds take on Solskjaer’s men, in what could be a saucy tie.

Both clubs are going hammer and tong for the Premier League title this season, and the 36-year-old centre-forward could ruin things for Liverpool and change Van Dijk’s aforementioned opinion as well.